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Strangers’ Hall Ghost Hunt – £55


Fright Nights Cambridgeshire will be heading to Norwich for our first ghost hunt at Strangers’ Hall, taking place on Friday 16th March 2018. There has been a building on the site since the 13th century, or possibly even earlier. Since the 14th Century, the house has been home to many important members of society, such as wealthy merchants and civic leaders, solicitors, and at one point a dance master. Perhaps one of the most influential owners was a gentleman named Thomas Sotherton who was a Grocer and Mayor of Norwich. He was actually responsible for the house being known as Strangers’ Hall…

Under The reign of Elizabeth I, England was a protestant country, and so welcomed refugees who fled the low countries to escape persecution for religious reasons! It was Thomas who encouraged asylum seekers to settle in Norwich and lodge at Strangers’ Hall, because he believed their skills in textile weaving made the immigrants economically invaluable, and would help to boost ant revive the textiles industry. The refugees were known as the ‘Strangers’, giving the house the name Strangers’ Hall as it’s known today.

The house is now a building of domestic history, with each room dressed to showcase the house as it may have looked during the different eras the building has been in use. With such a rich history and hundreds of years of use, is it any wonder that Strangers’ Hall is haunted?!

After discussing the history of hauntings with staff, we have been told that a spirit has manifested on the first floor, in the doorway of the Walnut Room, moving out to the top of the staircase. Unexplained noises have been heard when locking up the building, with no one else there! Previous ghost hunting groups have successfully communicated to spirit, and a soldier once made himself known. The staff are now keen to find out more about the ghosts of Strangers’ Hall and who they might be, and will be joining us in our investigations at the house.


Ghost Hunt at Strangers’ Hall includes:

  • Initial Briefing including information about fright nights, health and safety talk, and equipment talk
  • History Talk by Strangers’ Hall staff
  • Mediumship walkround – who haunts tonight?
  • Psychic experiments including table tipping, glass divination and more..
  • Ghost Hunting Vigils in the dark with our medium, and using ghost hunting equipment.
  • Hot Drinks and Biscuits
  • Your chance to ghost hunt in a haunted location at night!

During our ghost hunt, we will be investigating the following areas;

THE GREAT HALL – The heart of the home. It would have been a communal space used for hosting city ceremonies and events. It would have also been the place for entertaining guests with lavish meals to demonstrate the wealth of the owner. The Great Hall is also where you will see the oldest piece of furniture in the house, a 15th century oak aumbry, or armoire, which would have been used to store valuables.

THE WALNUT ROOM – This room was added during the 17th century by Mayor Francis Cock. This would have been a private family room used to display the family members’ taste in fine furniture. Perhaps this is the reason a ghost has been seen in this area… possibly even Francis Cock himself, unhappy about people entering the room without his permission!

LADY PAINE’S CHAMBER – An upper-level extension of the Great Hall, displayed as it might have looked mid-17th century, with original furniture. Bed-chambers would have been used during the day for reading, sewing and entertaining guests.

LITTLE BED-CHAMBER – Furnished with replica beds from the early 17th century, this would have been where children or servants slept to be close and ‘on-hand’ to their mistress!

TOY ROOM – Showcasing an array of toys including an 18th century dolls house, Noah’s ark which came from Germany, and a Victorian rocking horse.

GREAT CHAMBER – Displayed as the private chamber of Sir Joseph Paine, who was Mayor of Norwich and lived at Strangers’ Hall between 1659 and 1667.

GEORGIAN DINING ROOM – In 1748, Strangers’ Hall became the official lodging of the Assize Judges who came to Norwich regularly, to hear court cases. This room was redesigned for the Assize Judges in the latest style, with sash windows, painted wall panelling, decorated overmantel and plaster ceiling, and mahogany furniture.

MORNING ROOM – A feminine space for writing, sewing and attending to personal business.

REGENCY MUSIC ROOM – Showcasing popular instruments such as the Apollo lyre, Leviens harp-lute guitar and inlaid Spanish guitar which all would have been used to accompany the piano.

PARLOUR – This would have been used as a private and intimate space for the family.

VICTORIAN DINING ROOM, NURSERY – Furnished as it would have been during the Victorian period.

SOTHERTON ROOM – During the Tudor period when Nicholas Sotherton lived at strangers’ Hall, this room was likely to have been his counting house and office.

UNDERCROFT – Fine vaulted undercrofts were a feature of medieval Norwich houses. They would generally have been used to store and display goods for sale. This particular undercroft is thought to date from the 1320’s.

With so many fantastic items on display throughout the museum, it’s more than possible that some of these pieces may have spirit attached to them, which is why museums are such great places to investigate!

We are really looking forward to 2018, and spending some time at Strangers’ Hall. Help us discover more about the history and hauntings of this fascinating location!



Fright Nights Cambridgeshire have hired Strangers’ Hall for the night. You are joined by experienced paranormal investigators and medium to try and experience paranormal activity in one of the most haunted buildings in Norwich. Full use of Ghost Hunting and Psychic equipment will be provided as well as hot refreshments through the night.

Please note: Over 18’s only, No pregnant women allowed, unsuitable for disabled guests due to the nature of the building. No accommodation is provided. For more information please see our terms and conditions. This event is organised by Fright Nights Cambridgeshire.


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